Postecoglou on being second-choice to Howe, the jump to Celtic; bats away journalist question with ease

By John McGinley

June 25, 2021

Ange Postecoglou wasn’t having the insinuation he was making a big jump from managing in Asia and Australia to Celtic today.

Postecoglou, who has won national titles in two countries, competed in continental competition and managed at World Cups, was asked about making ‘the jump’ to managing Celtic, in terms of his career.

He didn’t seem particularly happy with the line of questioning, telling reporters [YouTube]: “I’m not sure what you mean by jump? I’m assuming you’re saying I worked at a lower level or some lesser level.

“That’s a matter of opinion. I’ve coached at a World Cup and against some of the best teams in the world so that’s now how I look at it. I look it as another opportunity and an exciting challenge.

“I know the history and traditions of this football club, I know how passionate the supporters, everyone tells me the experience at Celtic Park is like no other.

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“If I didn’t want pressure I’d probably be doing a different job.”

Postecoglou also quizzed on being Celtic second-choice to Howe

Postecoglou was also asked about being second in line for the job to Eddie Howe.

Again, he gave an excellent measured answer, insisting it doesn’t really matter to him.

The 55-year-old stated: “You’re assuming I was the second choice, I might have been fifth choice! It doesn’t really bother me, what’s important is I’ve been given the opportunity and responsibility. Just that fact alone shows me the people that have made that decision have faith in me.”

What’s immediately obvious from his first press conference is that he won’t be phased by the media in Scotland. Often that can be a big part of the battle for Celtic managers.

He batted away the toughest questions with ease today. Hopefully, that bodes well for what’s to come.

As we know though, it’s not about what he says at Celtic, it’s about what he does. All eyes will be on our first matches.

In other news, Ange Postecoglou confirms he has the freedom to make Celtic coaching staff changes.